Principal Data Engineer at Blucora (Dallas, TX)

| Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
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Blucora has a bold aspiration: we are committed to giving all people the tools needed to lead healthy financial lives - tools often reserved for the wealthy.

We now turn to the next leg, developing the technological tools that make our vision of financial health for all a reality. Atypical for the financial services industry, we take a contemporary approach to strategy and product development that is founded in user insights, rapid testing, and a singular focus on driving end-user value.

Since charting new territory daily is part of everyone's job at Blucora, we've attracted team members who thrive on the challenge, encourage each other, and are passionately committed to the goal. If you agree that problem-solving is a team sport, and feel energized by a good debate, deep-dive research, or a fun night out with colleagues, we might be the right firm for you!

Position Summary

Blucora, the parent company to Avantax Wealth Management, Avantax Planning Partners, and TaxAct is seeking a Principal Data Engineer for the Enterprise Data Platforms team that relishes working with large volumes of data, enjoys the challenge of highly complex technical contexts, and, above all else, is passionate about data and analytics. You are an expert with modern architectures, data, ETL design, business intelligence tools and passionately partner with the business to identify strategic opportunities where improvements in data infrastructure create significant business impact. You possess exceptional technical expertise in a large-scale data lake, operational data stores, data warehouses, and BI systems.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Major responsibilities of the position are listed below. To perform the job successfully, the individual must be able to execute each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Work with the product owner and data stakeholders to understand the business requirements and implement optimal data solutions.
  • Work independently in the face of uncertainty, solutions creative approaches to solve disparate business problems.
  • Work not only on developing the "new" designs and vision but also on redesigning to improve legacy systems. There will be a mix of old and new as we blaze the trails going forward.
  • Architect, implement, and operate stable, scalable, and highly performant data pipelines that cleanse, structure, and integrate disparate data sets into a readable and accessible format for end-user analyses and reporting.
  • Build & operate the Enterprise Data Platforms on AWS technologies to optimize our data lifecycle and enable next-generation data analytics.
  • Provide architectural, functional, and process guidance on system capabilities and solution approaches.
  • Take on maintenance and support issues as needed to continue to improve optimize the future state.
  • Provide technical guidance and thought leadership to other members of the team.
  • Other job duties as assigned.

Education & Experience
  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science. Engineering or Quantitative Field or equivalent experience.
  • 10+ years of hands-on experience with Data Warehousing design & implementation (preferably with a cloud-based warehouse e.g. Redshift or Snowflake).
  • 10+ years of strong experience with SQL and ability to write efficient code for high volume data processing.
  • 7+ years of hands-on experience supporting high-performing ETL/ELT processes, including data quality and testing processes.
  • 4+ years of programming experience with an advanced language (C#, Python, Java, etc.).
  • 3+ years of hands-on experience implementing data lake solutions (preferably on AWS technologies).
  • 3+ years of hands-on experience with AWS Data technologies (Kinesis, EMR, AWS Glue, etc.).
  • Experience with NoSQL technologies (DynamoDB, Redis, ElasticSearch, etc.).
  • Experience ensuring data quality across multiple datasets used for analytical purposes.
  • Experience with data visualization tools such as Tableau, QlikView, Power BI, etc.
  • Experience in agile development methodologies.
  • Knowledge of statistical concepts and their application in reporting and data mart applications.
  • Good communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills.
  • Enthusiastic attention to detail.
  • Ability to acquire new skills quickly, and thrive in a collaborative team environment.

Physical Demand & Work Effort
  • Keying/typing, standing, walking.
  • Sitting for an extended period.
  • Constant mental and/or visual attention; the work is either repetitive or diversified requiring constant alertness in an office environment.
  • The job is typically performed under comfortable working conditions; any disagreeable elements are generally absent during the normal performance of the job.
  • Compliance with company attendance standards.

Comprehensive Benefits

We offer a competitive salary, outstanding benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance, paid time off (PTO), paid holidays, tuition reimbursement, paid parental leave, 401(k) with company match.


At Blucora, we believe our work benefits from the diverse perspectives of our employees. As such, Blucora welcomes and celebrates diversity and inclusion and is committed to equal opportunity employment. At Blucora, you can expect a supportive, open, and inclusive atmosphere and a team that values your contributions.

Blucora, Inc. and its subsidiaries, Avantax Wealth Management, Avantax Planning Partners (formerly HK Financial Services), and TaxAct are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, and any other status protected under federal or state law. Blucora considers information gathered in the hiring process, including information on this application, confidential, and only shares it on a need-to-know basis or as required by law.

If you need assistance or accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at [email protected] or by calling 972-870-6000 to speak with a member of the HR Talent Acquisition team.
More Information on Blucora
Blucora operates in the Fintech industry. The company is located in Cedar Rapids, IA and Dubuque, IA. Blucora was founded in 1996. It has 441 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability Insurance, Dental Benefits, Vision Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits and Life Insurance. To see all 1 open jobs at Blucora, click here.
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